Today we will play MI$$ION IMPO$$IBLE!!!!!! (?)
Your mission, should you decide to accept it is...……………….
This sounds very daunting I know. It may be, but it seems we should know exactly what we have on hand, so that we know how to make a plan for the future. Makes sense doesn't it?
I am talking about inventory everything. Empty your pantry and cabinets. Make a list of everything and how many you have. Clean the pantry and cabinets and re-arrange the food with the oldest to the front. We don't want things to get thrown out and waste hard earned dollars, just because we forgot we had something.
Next inventory your home canned goods. Again count and write it down per item. Clean and re-arrange. This will help you know what you need to can this year.
The freezers - YES the freezers. Same thing. Count and organize everything.
Get all pet products together and arrange. Know what you have. They have to survive too if something goes wrong in the future.
Make sure to check all the overstock you keep some where other than the pantry or cabinets. You need to know everything you have.
Also - paper products, laundry supplies, OTC meds and health and beauty.
YEP - it's a BIG MISSION!
PERFECT EXAMPLE - This week I was cleaning cabinets and drawers and came to realize that I have 33 boxes of assorted Jello and several bags of bulk flavored gelatin. I also have 28 boxes of instant pudding mix. WHAT? I had no idea I had that much - it was here and there and not all in one place. Now it is organized and all together in a place that I will see it regularly and use it.
The reason I think this is a necessary evil is that we need to be aware of where we have gaps, and not go out spending all willy-nilly!
Not only that - but if something happens next week, next month, etc. you will know exactly what you have and how you can care for your family.
Knowing what you have lets you make better meal and snack choices.
It keeps us from going out to eat.
It saves money.
It keeps us from being wasteful.
IT MAKES COMPLETE SENSE!
So again, your mission, should you decide to accept it is - inventory ALL of your stocks. Clean and arrange. Makes an inventory sheet. (It can be in a notebook). Once you have inventoried and have all your chicken scratched pages together - clean it up, organize your list and make it neat and USE IT!
It is a huge job and may take a bit of time - but I bet it will amaze you and help you in the future.
This blog will NOT self destruct in 5 seconds.